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Study finds impact of PTSD long-lasting for war veterans

Post-traumatic stress disorder is one of the most common ailments veterans of any war deal with when returning home. This is a long-lasting disease that can affect a veteran for years; they should seek veterans disability benefits as soon as possible to help stabilize themselves financially and medically.

The impact of PTSD is long lasting. A recent report financed by the Department of Veterans Affairs found that most veterans who suffered from PTSD a decade or more after Vietnam ended have shown little to no improvement since then. A large percentage of these veterans passed away; in fact, 18 percent with PTSD passed away by retirement age.

Starting decades ago, this research found that members of minority groups who enrolled before finishing high school were far more likely to develop PTSD or a similar war-related trauma. Veterans who had killed multiple people while they served were also very susceptible to the effects of PTSD.

“This study shows us what the road ahead is going to look like,” said. Dr. Charles Marmar, an author on the report, chairman of psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center and director of the NYU Cohen Veterans Center. “A significant number of veterans are going to have PTSD for a lifetime unless we do something radically different.”

The attorneys and staff at the Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates are experienced with clients affected by the symptoms associated with PTSD. These symptoms can be quite disabling, affecting every aspect of a person’s life. PTSD can be caused by individuals exposed to military combat as well as other traumatic life threatening and tragic events, such as sexual assault, auto accidents, death of loved ones and divorce.

Early and consistent treatment is important to manage PTSD. We have successfully represented numerous clients who suffer from PTSD in obtaining disability benefits.